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17 items by Melissa Maerz

  • Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys

    Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys | ALBUM REVIEW

    My Chemical Romance used to be so sad, they could make your cold goth heart bleed. On 2006's The Black Parade, Gerard Way wailed about cancer and misery, emerging as a savior for the broken...

    November 22, 2010 12:30 AM ET
  • Loud

    Loud | ALBUM REVIEW

    Call it How Rihanna Got Her Groove Back: Clearly over her abusive ex, she leaves behind the tortured mood of 2009's Rated R in order to pound Jameson shots and table-dance at Coyote Ugly. "Life's too...

    November 16, 2010 3:10 PM ET
  • How to Destroy Angels

    How to Destroy Angels | ALBUM REVIEW

    Having wrestled with world annihilation in Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor is dealing with his scariest subject ever: marriage. His new trio is fronted by his wife, Mariqueen Maandig, and married life doesn't exactly sound like...

    August 5, 2010 3:10 PM ET
  • Memphis Blues

    Memphis Blues | ALBUM REVIEW

    Lately, Cyndi Lauper is many things: American Idol guest, Lady Gaga sidekick, relevant again. So it's the perfect time for her to make . . . classic blues covers? Memphis Blues is a curveball, but that's its...

    June 21, 2010 12:00 PM ET
  • Destroyer of the Void

    Destroyer of the Void | ALBUM REVIEW

    No indie band tells better campfire tales than these flannel-clad Oregonians: They have been singing vivid folk-rock odes to horse-stealing and wolf-wrestling since their 2003 debut. Here, they get epic — tracking a prodigal son who battles...

    June 8, 2010 2:05 PM ET
  • Best Folk Import: Mumford & Sons

    Best Folk Import: Mumford & Sons | ARTICLE

    WHO Old-timey folk-rock act formed by singer Marcus Mumford and three guys who aren't his sons. It's already huge in Australia, where the band...

    April 1, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • Secrets of "The Runaways": Joan Jett, Kristen Stewart and Co. on the Wild New Biopic

    Secrets of "The Runaways": Joan Jett, Kristen Stewart and Co. on the Wild New Biopic | ARTICLE

    What's the only thing better than becoming the first acclaimed all-female rock band? Becoming the first all-female rock band to get your own biopic. At least that was the feeling during Wednesday night's premiere of The Runaways,...

    March 18, 2010 2:46 PM ET
  • The Mind Behind "Mad Men"

    The Mind Behind "Mad Men" | ARTICLE

    Season Two of TV's hottest show ended with Betty pregnant and Don taking off for L.A. as Cuba took aim at the U.S. So where will Mad Men go next? Creator Matthew Weiner tells Rolling Stone...

    June 17, 2009 3:15 PM ET
  • Sounds of the Universe

    Sounds of the Universe | ALBUM REVIEW

    For their new album, Depeche Mode said they were using analog synthesizers and other vintage gear to "conjure up images of the universe and space travel." But the result sounds like a time machine back to the...

    April 14, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Hot Actor: Q&A With "Twilight" Star Robert Pattinson

    Hot Actor: Q&A With "Twilight" Star Robert Pattinson | ARTICLE

    • Hot Actor: Robert Pattinson • Review: Twilight • Robert Pattinson Vs. the Jonas Brothers: Who Has the Crazier Fans? How is the Twilight fandom is different from the Harry Potter movies?...

    December 11, 2008 1:15 PM ET
  • Day & Age

    Day & Age | ALBUM REVIEW

    Like their hometown of Las Vegas, the Killers have a flair for anything supersize, sparkly and over-the-top: soaring synth-pop operas, multipart arena-rock anthems, "Bohemian Rhapsody"-style choirs. So it makes sense that, after 2006's massively ambitious Sam's Town,...

    November 27, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Modern Guilt

    Modern Guilt | ALBUM REVIEW

    Welcome to Beck's midlife spiritual crisis. As he nears his 40th birthday, his hair has grown as long as the Maharishi's. The BFFs...

    July 10, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Consolers Of The Lonely

    Consolers Of The Lonely | ALBUM REVIEW

    What separates the blues greats from the legends? A good story. And Jack White knows how to tell one. (Did you hear the one about the guitarist who married his sister?) It's no coincidence that his side...

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Jukebox

    Jukebox | ALBUM REVIEW

    Chan Marshall is not the new Dylan, or even the old Dylan. But when she takes on Bobby Zimmerman on Jukebox, a sequel to 2000's The Covers Record, her approach is Dylanesque: She refashions material from other...

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Blackout

    Blackout | ALBUM REVIEW

    Well, this is unfortunate. While judges debate her child-visitation rights, Britney Spears has released an album whose title seems to have been inspired by a major flirtini binge. On Blackout, she's singing that she's "so damn high...

    November 15, 2007 12:00 AM ET
  • CMJ 2007, Night Two (All-Kid Edition): Cool Kids and Kid Sister

    CMJ 2007, Night Two (All-Kid Edition): Cool Kids and Kid Sister | ARTICLE

    You know Chicago's hip-hop scene is on the rise when a) Kanye West cameos on hometown rapper Kid Sister's "Pro Nails," and b) big, beer-chugging guys wave their cuticles in the air to its girlie chorus: "Got...

    October 18, 2007 4:25 PM ET
  • The Filthiest New Show on Television: Showtime's "Californication"

    The Filthiest New Show on Television: Showtime's "Californication" | ARTICLE

    We've just watched the first episode of Californication, a brave new dark comedy premiering on Showtime in August, and we're pleased to announce that it's not only our favorite new show, it's also the dirtiest program that's...

    June 18, 2007 10:36 AM ET
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